Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.80%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.80%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 1.80% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nomura Holdings Inc (T: 8604 ), which rose 10.54% or 36.0 points to trade at 377.5 at the close. Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. (T: 5713 ) added 5.88% or 171.0 points to end at 3081.0 and Idemitsu Kosan Co Ltd (T: 5019 ) was up 5.66% or 170.0 points to 3175.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nichirei Corp. (T: 2871 ), which lost 1.10% or 30.0 points to trade at 2708.0 in late trade. Olympus Corp. (T: 7733 ) declined 0.99% or 12.0 points to end at 1195.0 and Fujitsu Ltd. (T: 6702 ) shed 0.84% or 64.0 points to 7558.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2914 to 607 and 191 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 16.92.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for August delivery was up 0.35% or 0.19 to $54.30 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 0.39% or 0.24 to hit $62.38 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.30% or 4.00 to trade at $1346.70 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.06% to 108.38, while EUR/JPY fell 0.07% to 121.27.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 97.188.

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